of us have heard about the neighborhood collections for tires, glass,
newspaper, cans, and cloth in order to help support the war effort.
Probably not many have also heard about the Signal Corps' call for
November 1942 QST
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
That's right, the huge, rapid build-up of
electrical and electronic equipment for radios, vehicles, and factory
equipment. Many meters were needed for monitoring status and making
process adjustments. America had an amply supply of meters in the
hands of Amateur radio operators; all that was required was to separate
the Hams from their meters. Fortunately, an appeal to patriotism
was sufficient motivation back then. Numerous ads were placed by
companies and special interest groups like the ARRL encouraging
milliammeter owners to part with their cherished instruments.
Here, from the November 1942 edition of QST, is a printed
plea from the ARRL, and a couple examples of companies looking to
collect milliammeters. At the bottom are two ads, one from Raytheon,
and one from Hatry & Young, with pleas for meters.
must wonder whether such cooperation from the public would be met
with the same level of enthusiasm today. Back then, the government
was not already saddling its productive citizens with excessive
taxation, so there was some room left in the hearts of most people
to sacrifice a bit for the good of their neighbors. Now, statistically
I'm subsidizing the of half the people in the country who pay no
income taxes at all, the people receiving 99 weeks of unemployment
checks, laptop computers for everybody's kid in school, and public
employees getting paid rates 50% or more higher than the equivalent
average private sector employees. Sorry, but that's the way it is.
Your Milliammeters Desperately Needed!
The Signal Corps is in acute need of thousands of milliammeters.
They are most urgently required in connection with the production
of other radio gear. Lack of them is retarding the manufacture of
important military apparatus. The situation is realty critical.
Amateurs have thousands of milliammeters and the Signal
Corps wants to buy them, but regulations would require formal contracts
with every selling armature and would delay the procedure beyond
endurance. ARRL has leaped into this situation at the request of
the Signal Corps and, to speed things up, will purchase and pay
for meters in their behalf and turn them over as fast as they can
This is a clarion call. fellows. Send in your
milliammeters to ARRL! On behalf of the Army we will pay $3 for
every d.c. milliammeter of up to 500 ma. full scale which is sent
in to us, of whatever make, the amateur list price of which exceeds
$3 and which is accepted by t he Signal Corps. Meters not accepted
will be returned. Only milliammeters and only d.c. May be either
(1) in good working- condition or (2) burned out but otherwise OK
- movement, glass, scale, pointer must be OK. The crying need is
for low values, preferably 0-1 ma., 0-5 and 0-10, but we'll take
everything up to 0-500. Don't hold out your Weston 301s; this is
for Uncle Sam and everyone of these meters wilt do a most important
job, the details of which we can't tell you. Three dollars for a
burnt-out dog may be big money but it isn't much for a 301; everybody
admits it. It's just a token payment, not representing value returned.
We must count on your patriotism, your appreciation of the criticalness
of the need, your acceptance of a flat average price of $3 for all
your milliammeters, good and bad, which are accepted. Reimbursement
This is a case or dire necessity. Much depends
upon this drive. Remember, too, that a favor to the Signal Corps
now is a favor to hamdom later. Your meter will help cement a friendship
that will last a generation. Besides, it's your country. The hell
with the holes in the panels; you can get more milliammeters when
you need them. Come on with them., you fellows! At once! Pack carefully
in shock absorbing material, mark package "Meters," be sure to show
your name and your own complete mail address clearly, prepay charges,
ship any way you like, to:
American Radio Relay League
38 LaSalle Road
West Hartford, Conn.
Pleas for Meters, by Raytheon
and Hatry & Young